2014 Memsie Stakes Next? Sweet Idea Says Berry

Top Sydney-based hoop Tommy Berry believes a trip to Melbourne for the Memsie Stakes 2014 at Caulfield Racecourse at the end of the month would suit Saturday’s Missile Stakes winning mare Sweet Idea.

Tommy Berry

Tommy Berry believes the 2014 Memsie Stakes is the perfect next-up assignment for Sweet Idea. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Snitzel mare made her four-year-old debut with a determined victory in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick over the weekend, paying a nice price to do so through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Now a trip to Victoria for an elite level assignment could be next on the cards.

Third in the Golden Slipper as a juvenile last April, winner of the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on the Gold Coast this January and now a dual Group 2 champion Sweet Idea has done lots right in NSW and Queensland over her 14 start career.

A six time winner, and also a narrow second to Steps In Time in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) during the autumn, she’s yet to race in Melbourne.

That could change as soon as August 30 however with Waterhouse considering a next-up run in the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield at the end of the month.

It’s a race and track Berry, aboard the mare for her six of her starts so far including the Missile, believes she could thrive over and be very competitive in.

“[The Memsie] definitely would be the right go,” Berry told Racing Retro on Sunday morning.

“[Caulfield is] a nice tight track, she picks-up quite well from the 500-to-600 metre mark and horses that seem to do that at Caulfield can slip away and get a good lead.

“It’s one of those tracks that horses start coming late but if you can fight you can really hold them off… it’s a great idea [to take her there] and the track would definitely suit her well.”

The Memsie Stakes field is certainly shaping up as a star-studded affair with a host of genuine top liners heading towards a run in the weight-for-age clash.

Some of the other more notable Memsie Stakes-bound gallopers include Cox Plate runner-up Happy Trails, David Payne’s Rosehill Guineas – ATC Derby double winner Criterion, the Peter Moody-trained Moment Of Change and Puissance De Lune who resumes in Saturday’s $200,000 Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m).

Despite the class of this line-up Berry places Sweet Idea in the race well saying the majority of her rivals wouldn’t be tuned up for a Group 1 win at this early stage of the carnival.

“A bit like yesterday, it’s probably her time to have a crack at it really early,” he said speaking of her Missile Stakes victory over Cox Plate hope Messene (2nd) and Group 1 winner Rebel Dane (3rd) who did their best work late.

Sweet Idea was racing for the first time off a four month let-up and her gutsy run against a class field showed Berry just how good a horse she is turning out to be.

“She did it all herself,” he told the media post-win on Saturday.

“She had a good blow when pulling up and I know the others have got improvement in them but so does she.

“She bottomed out at the 100 metres, I thought Messene had me (but) she just doesn’t know how to give up.”

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